Real-time monitoring of the seismic network infrastructure is one of the group's key functions. Our core task is to monitor Switzerland's seismicity using the monitoring stations belonging to our dense national networks, complemented by temporary stations and equivalent facilities operated by partners in neighbouring countries. We are responsible for all real-time processing of earthquake data in Switzerland. The main software we use for this purpose is SeisComP3, a very popular and widely used open-source solution for monitoring seismicity, which we are continually enhancing. Our active research team manages the system's operational configuration and evaluates new methods for detecting and improving characterisations of seismicity (Dr Tobias Diehl). We also develop novel approaches to earthquake early warnings and rapid source characterisation (Dr Maren Böse and Dr Frédérick Massin); estimating strong ground motions and their impacts (Dr Carlo Cauzzi); and monitoring induced seismicity (Luca Scarabello). A key concern of our group is to transform these approaches into operational software. We also monitor the network's state of health and, helped by the ELAB team, try to optimise its performance.
Although our main focus is on Switzerland, we also develop techniques that can be applied elsewhere, teaming up with agencies around the world to develop and install EEW and monitoring systems California, Central America and Chile, for example. The open-source EEW software modules we develop, including an EEW Display tool, are compatible with SeisComP3 and can thus be readily adopted by many seismic networks across the globe.